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CIS 8411:
Wireless Networks


CSP 7,8; CIS 8050 (Note: Prerequisites will be strictly enforced.)

Catalog Description:

The course will provide in-depth coverage of advances in wireless and mobile networks. Fundamentals and future of wireless communications, satellites, wireless Internet, local and wide area networks, quality of service, mobile devices, and middleware will be included.

Detailed Course Description:

Mobile and wireless networks are one of the most exciting developments occurring in information systems. The potential impact of these networks is enormous and many studies have estimated that these will change the way information is accessed, managed, and stored. In this course, many recent, current and emerging developments will be discussed including advances in cellular, personal communications systems (PCS), global system for mobile communications (GSM), wireless LANs, satellites, and fixed wireless networks. Significant details of wireless devices and middleware will be included. Many emerging challenges and solutions including ad hoc wireless networks, broadband wireless and quality of service, and location management will also be included. An emerging application of mobile and wireless networks in healthcare, termed pervasive healthcare, will also be discussed.


William Stallings, “Wireless Communications and Networks”, Prentice Hall, 2004

Useful References:

1.      9 papers at course website: paper 1, 2-introductory, paper 3-cellular and GSM, paper 4-wireless LANs, paper 5-wireless Internet, paper-6 (QoS), paper-7 (location management), paper-8 (location and m-commerce), and paper 9 (pervasive healthcare)

2.      IEEE Computer, IEEE Spectrum and IEEE Communications Magazine (available through wwwlib.gsu.edu by going to IEEE Explore) and professional publications in Wireless

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course successfully, a student should have:

·        An understanding of complexities involved in the wireless environment

·        A high-level knowledge of multiple standards in wide area wireless services

·        A broad knowledge of design considerations used in wide area wireless networks

·        A high-level understanding of multiple standards for local area wireless services

·        An in-depth knowledge of satellite communications

·        An understanding of various components of wireless Internet

·        A global and integrated view of the emerging wireless and mobile systems

·        Skills to produce a high-level design of wireless networks with specific objectives

·        An awareness of trends and developments in wireless networks

 Lecture Plan (subject to change as needed)



To Read



Ch. 1, Papers 1-2


Wireless Communications

Ch. 5, Papers 1-2


Cellular, Personal Communications Systems, and Global Systems for Mobile Communications

Ch. 10, Papers 2-3


Design of Wireless Networks

Notes (website)


Wireless LANs: Part I (Applications)

Ch. 13, Paper 4


Wireless LANs: Part II (Protocols)

Ch. 14, Paper 4



Ch. 9





Fixed Wireless Systems

Ch. 11


Wireless devices and middleware

Ch. 12, Paper 5


Wireless Internet

Paper 5


Ad hoc wireless networks

Papers 1-2


Broadband wireless and quality of service



Location management

Papers 7-8


Pervasive healthcare

Paper 9


Attendance & Class Participation:

You are expected to attend the class regularly. My experience has always been that students learn the most when they come to the class every time and interact with the instructor and other students. 5% of your grade will be based on class participation.

3 factors leading to a higher score

·        Positive attitude in the class

·        Reading of the material assigned in the previous weeks and to be covered in the class

·        Attentiveness in the class to learn new material and ask smart questions

3 factors leading to a lower score

·        Unjustified and frequent absences from the class

·        Disruptive behavior (including talking to other students during a lecture)

·        Cheating



The following point allocation will be used:

Mid-term                                                                 20%

Quiz 1 and 2                                                          20%

Final Exam                                                             25%

Assignments/Projects:                                       30%    

Class participation                                                 5%      

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Total                                                                          100%  

A >= 90        >          B >=80         >          C >= 70           >         D >= 60           >F

Late Work:

Assignments must be turned in at the beginning of class on the date due. Each additional day will cause a 25% reduction of grade for the assignment as the late penalty.



1.      All assignments are to be typed, carefully written and edited.

2.      All assignments must reflect your individual efforts only. Any copying, cheating, or plagiarism will not be tolerated. The departmental and college policies for cheating will be followed for anyone caught in such offenses.

3.      Assignments will be graded for form as well as content.

4.      Errors in spelling, grammar, or syntax can detract from or distort the message you are trying to communicate. As a result, such errors may reduce your grade.


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